This 16-acre complex serves as home to the N.Y. Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera House, Juilliard School of Music, the Chamber Music Society, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, the Film Society, and the School of American Ballet. It consists of five major theater and concert buildings, a library, a band shell and two outdoor plazas.
- The land upon which the Lincoln Center was built used to be a run-down neighborhood that was used as the set for the film “West Side Story.”
- The stage in the Metropolitan Opera House is the size of a football field.
- There was much controversy surrounding the construction of the Lincoln Center, due to the fact that 118 buildings were demolished and 1600 residents were forced to relocate to make room for the new center.